A Good Run Podcast offers pieces of political history as personally experienced by Dan Feldman, a New York State legislator between 1981 and 1998 and current public management professor at John Jay College. The series includes revealing encounters between Feldman and such legendary New York political figures as Ed Koch, Mario Cuomo and John Lindsay, as well as with figures still prominent in American politics. His two children, Asher and Leah, take turns interviewing Dan about topics recounted on the Tales From The Sausage Factory blog, a compendium of narratives published in conjunction with a book of the same name from SUNY Press.
Daniel Feldman was elected to the State Assembly from the 45th district in Brooklyn in 1980, between 1981 and 1998 Mr. Feldman authored over 140 laws, including New York’s Organized Crime Control Act and New York’s Megan’s Law. As Correction Committee chair for twelve years, he led some of the first efforts to repeal the Rockefeller drug laws. Key sections ofTales from the Sausage Factory tell the stories behind those efforts.
From 1999 midway through 2005, on the senior staff of Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, he initiated or contributed significantly to litigation against handgun manufacturers, a major real estate fraud investigation, and significant settlements with prominent banking and insurance companies, while advising the Attorney General on criminal justice legislation and election reform. From October 2007 until August 2010, he advised the New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, on a wide range of issues including investment policy, economic development, supervision of outside counsel, Retirement System hearings, and the administration of the unclaimed funds program. In between, he ran to the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, as Executive Director and General Counsel.
After practicing securities litigation at a major law firm, in 1974, he became executive assistant to then-Member of Congress Elizabeth Holtzman, and in 1977, he became investigations counsel to then-New York State Assembly Member Charles Schumer.
A graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School, since 1977 Mr. Feldman has taught law, government, and political philosophy at various prominent universities in the northeast, and lectured on jurisprudence at Oxford University in 1982 and 1990. His first book, Reforming Government, was published in 1981, and his second, The Logic of American Government, in 1990, both by William Morrow & Company. He was Legislative Editor and co-author of a third book, New York Criminal Law, published by West Publishing Company in 1996. Feldman’s articles on American law and government have appeared in numerous scholarly and professional journals, and he served as a member of the Editorial Board of Public Administration Review from 1992 to 2000.